Jan 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (23) shoots around Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) during the first quarter of a basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Snapping their five-game winning streak, the Celtics were defeated by the Orlando Magic 119-114 on Sunday Night in Orlando.
The Magic scored 72 points while dominating the second half. Orlando came back from down 14-points in the third quarter to eventually lead by as 10 late in the fourth.
The Celtics made a last ditch effort in the final minute, cutting the deficit to 3 with 14 seconds left to play, but comeback came up short.
Evan Fournier and rookie Mario Herzonja led the Magic, scoring to XX and XX respectively off the bench. Four other Magic scored in double-figures.
Marcus Smart matched his career-high of 26 points. Isaiah Thomas had 23 and Avery Bradley added 22 in the loss.
The (27-22) Celtics are now tied with the Atlanta Hawks with the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference, one-half behind the Chicago Bulls.
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STUD OF THE NIGHT Marcus Smart
Tonight Marcus Smart continued his hot streak from distance, hitting a season-high five three pointers. Ever since Winter Storm Jonas, where he used an extra practice to practice his stroke, Smart has shot better than 50 percent from behind the three point line.
DUD OF THE NIGHT Jae Crowder
It was a rare off-night for Crowder, who has been of the Celtics most consistent performers this season. He finished with only 5 points and 5 rebounds. The team was also a -15 in his 25 minutes.
VINE OF THE NIGHT Marcus Smart channels his inner Steph Curry to beat the buzzer at the end of the first quarter. This was Smart’s third made three in 54 seconds.
WHINE OF THE NIGHT Inconsistent Sully
After a double-double on Friday, Sullinger only grabbed four rebounds and scored five points in 17 minutes. The Celtics could have used his production, as they were out-rebounded 50-21 and outscored in the paint 46-32 in the paint.
STAT OF THE NIGHT Live by the Three, Die by the Three
The Celtics shot 58% from three in the first quarter, making 7-of-12. In the final three quarters, the C’s kept chucking but did not find the same success, finishing 16-46 from beyond the arc. The 46-attempts were a season high for the Celtics, as were the 30 misses.
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